2001-02 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day (10/28/01)
Oct. 28, 2001
2001-02 PAC-10 BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY BIOGRAPHIES
Lute Olson, Arizona Wildcats
Arizona record: 447-133 (.771), 18 years. . . Career record: 639-225 (.781), 28 years ... Has guided Arizona to eight of the last 15 Pac-10 Conference Titles. . . 2001 Claire Bee Coach of the Year recipient and honored with the Wooden Legend of Coaching Award. . . Last season, the Wildcats posted a 28-8 record, 15-3 in Conference. . . Also led Arizona to its second NCAA Championship Game appearance in 2001. . . Reached the pinnacle of his coaching career in 1997 in leading Arizona to its first NCAA title. . . His record since 1988 is 374-85 (.815), the nation's best winning percentage during that span. . . Has the second best Conference winning percentage (.781) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years). . . Conference victory total of 250 is the fourth most all-time among Conference coaches. . . The Wildcats have appeared in 17 straight NCAA Tournaments under Olson's guidance, including four Final Fours. . . One of just eight coaches to take two different colleges to the Final Four (Arizona, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001 & Iowa, 1980). . . Six-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994 and 1998).
Rob Evans, Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona State record: 46-45 (.505), 3 years. . . Career record: 132-126 (.512), 9 years. . . Enters his fourth year at ASU with a strong foundation and plenty of experience. . . Led a Sun Devil team hampered by injuries last season to a 13-16 mark. . . Head coach for the silver medal winning USA Team at the 1999 Junior World Championships. . . Spent six seasons at Mississippi where he produced back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in school history. . . Named 1997 SEC Coach of the Year and College Hoops Insider National Coach of the Year. . . Captain of the New Mexico State basketball team and named the school's most outstanding athlete in 1967. . . Drafted by the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. . . Signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders in 1968 as a wide receiver. . . Also drafted by the Houston Colt 45s out of high school.
Ben Braun, California Golden Bears
California record: 95-62 (.605), 5 years. . . Career record: 428-296 (.591), 24 years. . . Last season, guided Cal to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1997, going 20-11, and finishing tied for fourth in the Pac-10. . . Led the Bears to a postseason NIT title in 1999 - Cal's first postseason crown since the 1959 NCAA season. . . In his first year at the helm, led the Bears to the 1997 NCAA Sweet Sixteen and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. . . 1997's 23-9 record was the best a Cal squad had posted in 37 years. . . Coached eight years at Siena Heights (NAIA) and 11 years at Eastern Michigan prior to his current stint. . . Led EMU to four post-season berths, including three NCAA appearances. . . Averaged nearly 18 wins a season while at Eastern Michigan.
Ernie Kent, Oregon Ducks
Oregon record: 68-49 (.581), 4 years. . . Career record: 158-129 (.551), 10 years. . . Returns a more experienced team, which includes a talented backcourt that guided Oregon to a 14-14 record a year ago. . . In just his second year at Oregon, Kent guided the Ducks to their first postseason win since 1988 en route to a 1999 NIT Final Four appearance. . . Returned to his alma mater in 1997 after spending six seasons at Saint Mary's. . . Led Saint Mary's to a 23-8 record in 1997 and its first NCAA berth since 1989...Finished second all-time on the Gaels' win chart. . . Was one of the original Kamikaze Kids and the Ducks' second leading scorer (9.1) as a senior. . . Served as an assistant to Mike Montgomery at Stanford for two years (1990-1991), helping the Cardinal advance to the NIT both years, including the NIT Championship in 1991.
Ritchie McKay, Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State record: 10-20 (.333), 1 year. . . Career record: 71-72 (.497), 5 years. . . Believes team will regroup after injuries struck his 10-20 squad a year ago. . . Became only the school's sixth men's basketball coach in more than seven decades on March 27, 2000. . . Teams have reputation for playing with a lot of pride and energy. . . Coached two years at Colorado State before taking the Oregon State job. . . Led CSU to NIT berth in 1999 where they defeated Mississippi State before losing to evental NIT Champion, California. . . 2000 College Hoops Insider Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year. . . Started head coaching career at Portland State (two seasons) in 1997 and built a program that had not fielded a team in 15 years. . . Named one of six finalists (including Dean Smith of North Carolina and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke) for the Clair Bee Award after his first season at PSU.
Mike Montgomery, Stanford Cardinal
Stanford record: 319-146 (.686), 15 years. . . Career record: 473-223 (.680), 23 years. . . Captured third consecutive Pac-10 title in 2001 while posting a school-record 31 wins. . . Has coached the Cardinal to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including two 'Elite Eights' in 1998 and 2001, two 'Sweet Sixteens' in 1997 and 1998, and four NIT appearances in 13 of the past 14 seasons. . . Posted seven consecutive 20-win seasons. . . His 1998 squad set a school record with 18 consecutive wins en route to a 30-5 overall record and NCAA Final Four appearance. . . His 1989 squad was the first Stanford team to appear in the NCAA Tournament since the 1941 NCAA Champion team. . . Number nine on the Conference wins list with 170. . . 13 of his teams have amassed 20 or more wins in a season. . . Won the NIT Tournament in 1991. . . Head coach of the 1996 USA Men's 22 and Under Select team that captured the gold medal at the 1996 COPABA Men's 22 and Under World Championship Qualifying Tournament. . . Coached eight years at Montana, compiling a record of 154-77, including four straight 20 or more win seasons.
Steve Lavin, UCLA Bruins
UCLA record: 114-47 (.708), 5 years. . . Career record: 114-47 (.708), 5 years. . . Guided the Bruins to 23-9 record last season, marking the 13th year in a row that UCLA has recorded 20+ wins and an NCAA appearance. . . For his efforts, was named 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. . . Had one of the most successful head coaching debuts in NCAA history. . . Led UCLA to a 24-8 record, its third consecutive Pac-10 title, ninth straight 20-victory season and NCAA Tournament bid in his coaching debut. . . Named the Basketball Times National Rookie Head Coach of the Year. . . Was the nation's fifth youngest college head coach before the start of the 1997 season at 32 years old. . . Served as an assistant at UCLA for five years before taking over the head coaching reins. . . Has studied under the likes of Jim Harrick, Gene Keady, Bobby Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, Jerry Tarkanian, Pete Newell, Tim Grgurich, and Bud Presley.
Henry Bibby, USC Trojans
USC record: 82-75 (.522), 6 years. . . Career record: 82-75 (.522), 6 years. . . His 2001 Trojans' squad went 24-10, tying a school record for most victories in a season. . . Guided last year's team to the 'Elite Eight'. . . Comes from an impressive basketball background. . . Led the Trojans to the NCAA tournament and a 17-11 record in his first full-season as coach. . . Had the best record of a USC head coach in their first full-season since Forrest Twogood's 21-6 debut in 1951. . . Assisted three-years at Arizona State from 1983-85 and USC for one season. . . Coached eight seasons in the Continental Basketball Association. . . In 1989, his Tulsa squad won the CBA Championship and he received CBA Coach of the Year honors. . . Was the starting point guard on three NCAA title teams while at UCLA. . . Played nine seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks, New Orleans Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Diego Clippers. . . He is the only player ever to play for an NCAA, NBA and CBA championship team.
Bob Bender, Washington Huskies>
Washington record: 105-124 (.459), 8 years. . . Career record: 165-181 (.477), 12 years. . . Will boast one of his more athletic teams this season as the Huskies hope to improve on a 10-20 record from a year ago. . . Has helped the Huskies reach the postseason four of the last six years. . . Has reached the NCAA Tournament two of the last four years. . . Snapped Washington's eight year post-season dry spell in 1996, just two years after a 5-22 record. . . Named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1996. . . Coached previously at Illinois State where he captured two Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles and one tournament title. . . Coached under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. . . He's the only individual to play for two different teams that advanced to the NCAA Championship game, playing for Bobby Knight's 1976 undefeated team and Duke's 1978 team that advanced to the NCAA finals.
Paul Graham, Washington State Cougars
Washington State record: 18-38 (.321), 2 years. . . Career record: 18-38 (.321), 2 years. . . In 2001, doubled the squads victory total from the season before, posting a 12-16 record and 5-13 Conference record (its best since 1997). . . Named the 14th head coach in WSU's 98-year history on March 25, 1999. . . Has brought a new look and style of play to the Cougars lineup. . . Began a head coaching stint for the first time after spending 16 seasons as an assistant. . . Mentored by Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State where the Cowboys reached the NCAA Tournament five times. . . Has been an outstanding recruiter as an assistant with ties all across the country. . . Assisted at SMU and New Mexico before going to Oklahoma State. . . Joined by his son Nick on the Cougar roster, making them the second father/son combination in WSU basketball history.
MEN'S RETURNING PLAYERS APPEARING AT 2001-2002 PAC-10 MEDIA DAY
Sam Clancy, USC, Forward, Sr., 6-7, 240, Fairview, Ohio
An All-American, Wooden and Naismith Award candidate for the upcoming 2001-02 season. . . All-time leading shot-blocker in USC history with 147 career blocks. . . Started 71 of his 81 career games. . . Ranks 22nd on USC's career scoring chart with 1,046 points and was the 25th Trojan ever to reach the millennium milestone. . . As a junior, earned 2001 Pac-10 Conference, Sporting News Pac-10, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 15 and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District 9 first-team honors. . . Led the Trojans in scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounding (7.5 rpg), field goal percentage (.501) and blocked shots (81). . . His 81 blocks is a USC single-season record. . . His 588 points on the season were the fifth-most in school history and his 255 rebounds were the 14th most ever at USC. . . Also had a team-high nine double-doubles on the season and scored at least 20 points a team-high 11 times. . . Earned East Regional All-NCAA Tournament Team honors as he led the Trojans in scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (10.8 rpg) and blocks (4.0 bpg) in USC's four tournament games. . . As a sophomore, averaged 15.5 points and 6.9 rebounds before fracturing his foot against Arizona State (1/20/00). . . Returned for the Trojans final four games, averaging 8.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in only 22.5 minutes per game. . . Started 22 of 27 games as a freshman.
Jason Gardner, Arizona, Guard, Jr., 5-10, 181, Indianapolis, Ind.
In two seasons of collegiate basketball, Gardner has established himself as one of the country's premier point guards. . . An Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and an All-NCAA Midwest Regional pick as a sophomore. . . Currently, ranks seventh in career three-point field goal attempts (400) and eighth in career three-point field goals (146) in Arizona history. . . As a sophomore, Gardner avaeraged 10.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, leading Arizona to its 17th straight tournament and fourth Final Four appearances. . . Led the Wildcats in three-pointers with 76. . . Also led the team in assists with 147. . . Averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in NCAA Tournament play last season. . . Played all 40 minutes for the ninth time in his career (first in 2001) in the National Championship games versus Duke on 4/2/01, scoring seven points. . . Scored a game-high 21 points to go along with three steals in the National Semifinal win over Michigan State on 3/31/01. . . Played in five games last season with 20+ minutes and zero turnovers. . . As a freshman, started every game but one at point guard and averaged 12.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. . . Named the 2000 National Freshman of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), Basketball Times, Basketball News, ESPN.com and Dick Vitale. . . Became the first Arizona player to be named to the All-Pac-10 first team as a freshman.
Casey Jacobsen, Stanford, Guard/Forward, Jr., 6-6, 210, Glendora, Calif.
One of the top returning players in the country. . . His career three-point field goal percentage (.454) is sixth best in Pac-10 history. . . His name appears in the Stanford record book 39 times. . . As a sophomore, voted first-team All-America by Associated Press, The Sporting News, the John Wooden team and the United States Basketballl Writers Association (USBWA). . . Became the first Stanford player to be named a first-team Associated Press All-America. . . Named a second-team All-America by ESPN.com, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Basketball Times. . . Was one of 15 finalists for Naismith Player of the Year and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year. . . Named Player of the Year on the USBWA All-District 9 team. . . Named first-team All-District 9 by the USBWA. . . Named to the NABC All-District 14 team for a second straight season. . . Co-winner of the ESPN The Magazine Shooter of the Year along with Joseph Forte of North Carolina. . . Named to the ten-member CollegeInsider.com All-America team. . . Named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team. . . Stanford's top scorer at 18.1 ppg, third-best in the Pac-10. . . Led the team in scoring in 20 games, and scored in double figures in 33 games. . . Led the team in three-pointers with a school record 84. . . Shot .472 from three-point territory in 20 games. . . Scored a career-high 27 points and tied a school record for most points scored in an NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati (3/22/01). . . Tallied 26 points against eventual National Champion Duke (12/21/00) and was named Fox Sports Player of the Week for that feat. . . As a freshman, named Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year and The Sporting News Freshman of the Year. . . Basketball Times All-Freshman first-team All-America. . . Named first-team All-Pac-10. . . Named first-team NABC District 14 selection. . . First freshman to lead Cardinal in scoring (14.5 ppg) since Todd Lichti in 1985-86.
Frederick Jones, Oregon, Guard, Sr., 6-4, 209, Gresham, Ore.
One of the most talented athletes in Ducks' history. . . Enters the 2001-02 season needing just six more points to become the 22nd member of Oregon's 1,000-point club. . . Is the only Duck in school history to rank in Oregon's top 10 in assists, steals, blocks, and three pointers. . . Is the only returning Pac-10 player to be ranked in the Conference's top 10 career active leaders list in all categories (points - fifth, 994, rebounds - sixth, 382, three-pointers made - sixth, 96, assists - fourth, 256, steals - sixth, 85, blocks - sixth, 56, double-doubles - 10th, three). . . A 2001 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection. . . Named one of the top 10 collegiate dunkers by both Fox Sports Net and ESPN. . . Played in all 28 games including 27 starts. . . Led team in scoring eight times, rebounding six times and assists 11 times. . . Had 20 double-figure scoring games and eight games with 20 points or better. . . Ranked second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 14.8 points per game. . . Second on team and 16th in the Conference in rebounding at 5.6 boards per game. . . Second on the squad and tenth in the Pac-10 at 3.4 assists per game. . . As a sophomore, averaged 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. . . Led the Ducks with 21 blocks. . . Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman.
Jason Kapono, UCLA, Forward, Jr., 6-7, 199, Lakewood, Calif.
A Wooden Award Finalist last season and a two-time All-Pac-10 performer. . . Enters 2001-02 as a Wooden Award candidate and a member of the preseason Playboy All-America team. . . Spent the past summer on the U.S. team that won the Gold Medal at the 2001 FIBA World Championships for Young Men. . . On UCLA's career three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (46.5) and No. 4 in attempts (357). . . He also ranks tenth in career free throw percentage (79.8) and is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1,000 or more points (1,080), but only the third to do it by the end of his sophomore season (Don MacLean and Tracy Murray are the others). . . As a sophomore, led the Bruins in scoring (17.2, No. 5 in the Pac-10) for the second consecutive season and set the UCLA single season record for three-pointers with 84. . . Also led UCLA in minutes (35.1), three-point percentage (45.7, No. 3 in the Pac-10) and free throw percentage (86.9, No. 2 in the Pac-10). . . Ranked third on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg, No. 15 in the Pac-10). assists (2.3 apg) and steals (1.2 spg). . . Selected first-team All-District 15 by by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and All-District 9 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) as well as All-Pacifc-10 Conference. . . As a freshman, averaged 16.0 points per game (highest among freshmen in the Pac-10). . . Selected National Freshman of the Year by CBS Sportsline. . . Also named first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year long with Casey Jacobsen of Stanford. . . Selected second-team All District 9 by the USBWA and second-team Freshman All-America by Basketball Times. . . Became only the second true freshman in school history to start 33 games (the other was Earl Watson in 1998).